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 Hapmouche (2 syl.).Happy Expression (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Happy Arab’ia.
 
A mistranslation of the Latin Arabia felix, which means simply on the right handi.e. to the right hand of Al-Shan (Syria). It was Ptolemy who was the author of the threefold division Arabia Petrœa, miscalled “Stony Arabia,” but really so called from its chief city Petra; Arabia Felix (or Yemen), the south-west coast; and as for Arabia deserta (meaning the interior) probably he referred to Nedjaz.   1
 


 Hapmouche (2 syl.).Happy Expression (A). 

 
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